The country’s sixth-largest home builder based on homes closed in 2020, Meritage Homes dedicates its efforts to creating a Life.Built.Better® for all its communities and homeowners. In 2021, the builder donated over $1 million to non-profit organizations nationally through its charitable arm, The Meritage Cares Foundation. The organization also supports Afghan refugees and to date has contributed $1.6 million to aid educational programs.
“We continued to expand our corporate giving this year to foster healthy and safe communities,” Phillippe Lord, CEO of Meritage Homes, said. “We witnessed the aftermath of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. With refugees arriving in the U.S. in all of our markets, I was extremely proud of our teams across every region coming together to create essential hygiene kits and make an impact as these families settle in their new homes.”
To lend a helping hand to the current crisis in Afghanistan, Meritage Homes contributed $100,000 to the International Refugee Committee to support the resettlement process. The donations will supply medical care, food, housing and long-term support. Meritage Homes employees in all markets also donated packaged hygiene kits and products through the national network of the Catholic Charities Community Services.
Closer to home, Meritage Homes and The Meritage Cares Foundation offer aid communities where it operates to support long-lasting connections. Previous efforts include:
- $1.6 million in support of educational initiatives
- $100,000 to regional food banks to support Texas in the winter storms aftermath
- $220,000 contributed to regional and local non-profit organizations supporting children, families and military veterans
- $300,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation to support tree planting programs
- The donation of its 14th mortgage-free home to a veteran family near Tampa, Florida in partnership with Operation Homefront
Meritage Cares also supported underrepresented communities and young people through several donations, including a $125,000 contribution to the Building Talent Foundation, a $50,000 donation split between the National Association of Women in Construction and Society of Women Engineers and finally, a $125,000 donation divided between INROADS, the United Negro College Fund and the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University College of Science and Technology.
In its 36-year history, Meritage Homes has delivered over 145,000 homes, all of which showcase the company’s renowned style and quality. The builder is also an eight-time recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award since 2013 for innovation and industry leadership in energy-efficient homebuilding. The company is also the recipient of the EPA Indoor airPLUS Leader Award.
For more information about The Meritage Cares Foundation or Meritage Homes communities, visit www.MeritageHomes.com.